Archinect - #BACbuzz 2021-12-08T08:58:09-05:00 The Maurice F. Childs Memorial Lecture: Yung Ho Chang, Architecture, More or Less deancascieri 2021-10-29T13:05:18-04:00 >2021-11-06T22:16:07-04:00 <p><strong>Learn how to attend this <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">free virtual lecture</a>, Friday, November 5 at 7PM ET, featuring Yung Ho Chang, FAIA, a founding partner and principal architect of the Beijing-based Atelier&#8288;&mdash;China&rsquo;s first independent private architectural firm&mdash;Feichang Jianzhu (FCJZ).&nbsp;</strong></p><p>Yung Ho Chang says about the lecture, "Sometimes, architecture is more than the making of buildings when it engages urban, social, and cultural issues. Sometimes, architecture is less than the making of buildings, but it still helps to improve people's lives by venturing into other design disciplines, such as designing a cake. The practice of FCJZ covers the spectrum of architecture from one end to the other."</p> <p>Educated in China and the U.S., Chang received his Master of Architecture from University of California, Berkeley in 1984. He has practiced in China since 1992&mdash;establishing Atelier Feichang Jianzhu (FCJZ) with Lijia Lu in 1993. His numerous recognitions include First Place in the Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition...</p> Alumni Profile: Amanda Zettel (MDS-HP ’21) deancascieri 2021-08-25T17:19:12-04:00 >2021-08-25T17:19:12-04:00 <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"><br><br></a>Amanda Zettel graduated from the BAC with her Master of Design Studies in Historic Preservation and Conservation in May of 2021. She was also awarded the BAC&rsquo;s first-ever Historic Preservation Fellowship to assist Institutional Advancement and Facilities in the pursuit of Community Preservation Act funding for restoration work on the BAC campus. Zettel received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design from Parsons, The New School for Design, in 2004. She was also awarded the Edwin T. Steffian, '10 (Hon.) Centennial Award for Master's Thesis Excellence in Design Studies at The BAC, and Outstanding Achievement in Design at Parsons.</p></figure><p>Zettel currently lives in Charlestown, MA and is the president of the Charlestown Preservation Society.</p> <p><strong>How did you get started in your career in design?</strong></p> <p>I knew I had always wanted to go into design, but the middle-class immigrant community I grew up in in Orange County [California] didn&rsquo;t have the disposable income to hire interior designers or a...</p> BAC Dean of Interior Architecture, Denise Rush, Inducted into the 2021 ASID College of Fellows deancascieri 2021-08-13T13:35:00-04:00 >2021-11-06T11:31:07-04:00 <p>We are thrilled to announce that Denise Rush, BAC faculty and dean of interior architecture, has been inducted into the 2021 ASID College of Fellows.<br><br>The ASID College of Fellows is the Society&rsquo;s ultimate honor. Fellowship and Honorary Fellowship are bestowed upon ASID members who have made significant contributions to their profession, the interior design community at large, and ASID as an organization. Through these programs, ASID seeks to celebrate those propelling the interior design world forward and showcase the incredible accomplishments of those changing the world through design.<br><br>Recipients of the ASID College of Fellows were honored and recognized with a ceremony during the Virtual Conference on July 19-23, 2021.</p> <p>&ldquo;This truly is the honor of a lifetime, as less than 1% of ASID professional members are given this honor,&rdquo; said Rush. &ldquo;The ASID New England chapter nominating me means that my peers and the College of Fellows have recognized my dedication and contribution to the prof...</p> President Daas Responds to US Capitol Attack deancascieri 2021-01-08T09:59:57-05:00 >2021-01-08T10:00:26-05:00 <p>From the Office of the President:</p> <p>Yesterday, we witnessed an insurrection and an attack on the U.S. Capitol complex timed to disrupt both houses of Congress in session to certify the election of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.</p> <p>Like you, my family and I watched in stunned silence as these events unfolded. One of the most disturbing moments for me was when I saw, in my children's eyes, a sense of fear and disbelief. I can only imagine how horrified, scared, or angry you and your families felt while watching this international tragedy unfold.</p> <p>The sense of entitlement and privilege with which these mobs broke into the Capitol so swiftly and with little resistance requires much inquiry and reflection. We must call out the stark differences between yesterday's handling of rioting with the treatment of peaceful protests broken up in front of the White House in June. Today, the BAC's mission of promoting social justice and democracy through civic engagement...</p> BAC Alumna Earns Spot in the Top 100 Leaders in Real Estate and Construction deancascieri 2020-12-21T09:22:10-05:00 >2021-01-08T13:31:05-05:00 <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><br></figure></figure><p>Prasanna Lachagari grew up in Hyderabad, India. She moved to the United States to continue her education and graduated from the BAC with her Masters of Architecture in 2019. Lachagari is now the Design Director at SDI Architecture in Boston, MA and Co-Founder and Principal Architect of SDI's office in Hyderabad. She recently earned a spot as one of the Top 100 Leaders in Real Estate and Construction at the annual WRECONF (World Real Estate and Construction Forum).</p> <p><strong>What inspired you to become an architect?</strong><br></p> <p>My initial passion was primarily drawing and painting. This foundation in art gave me a deep understanding of space and form, which in turn gave me a leg up when I transitioned to the architectural field. Architecture was a natural next step from my artistic beginnings and desire to create physical elements. I am deeply interested in the connection between art and architecture and the ways they influence each other. Architecture gives me the opportunity to bring my art into the bui...</p> BAC Founding Week: Celebrating the Past, Present and Future deancascieri 2020-12-03T12:47:54-05:00 >2020-12-03T12:48:13-05:00 <figure><p>On December 11, 1889, The Boston Architectural College was founded as the Boston Architectural Club by a group of young and established local architects. The BAC's founders envisioned the Club would provide encouragement and support to those interested in the profession of architecture through public lectures, exhibitions, classes, as well as social gatherings and discussions.<br></p></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure>To celebrate the BAC's founding and our more than 130 years of impact in design education, The Boston Architectural College is launching a new tradition: BAC Founding Week.&nbsp;<br><br>BAC Founding Week will be a robust set of virtual activities bringing together staff, faculty, students, alumni, and friends to celebrate our many achievements. It is an important occasion for the whole community to be together, to do things together, and to pause and reflect on and honor those who invested in the College&rsquo;s beginnings. <br>Please save the date and plan to join us for one, two, or all our virtual events! <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here for more infor...</a> Building Their Dreams: Design for Racial and Social Equity deancascieri 2020-11-02T09:15:25-05:00 >2020-12-15T04:00:29-05:00 <p>Created by BAC landscape architecture students and faculty, this video explores the issues of social and environmental justice and the role of design education in fostering lasting change. Featuring David Lee, FAIA, NOMA; C.L. Bohannon, PhD, ASLA; Kona Gray, FASLA, PLA; Jessi Flynn; Olga Rodriguez; Nizar Abou Ezzeh; Ivonne Lalyre. </p> 2020 Fall Lecture Series: Just Space deancascieri 2020-09-23T12:13:51-04:00 >2020-11-24T12:46:04-05:00 <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Join us for our Fall Lecture Series all season long! Speakers include:</p><p><strong>Sept. 23, 2020 &ndash; Kia Weatherspoon</strong><br>6:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) <br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Register in advance for this lecture!</a>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Oct. 7, 2020 &ndash; Juan Miro</strong><br>6:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) <br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Register in advance for this lecture!</a><br></p><p><strong>Oct. 28, 2020 &ndash; Katherine Williams</strong><br>6:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)&nbsp;<br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Register in advance for this lecture!</a><br></p><p><strong>Nov. 4, 2020 &ndash; Saul Alcantara</strong><br>6:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) <br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Register in advance for this lecture!</a><br></p><p><strong>Nov. 11, 2020 &ndash; Jay Cephas</strong><br>6:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) <br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Register in advance for this lecture!</a><br></p><p>For more information please <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">visit our events page</a>!&nbsp;<br></p><p><br></p> BAC Celebrates Newest IPAL Graduates deancascieri 2020-09-15T09:20:50-04:00 >2021-01-11T12:16:04-05:00 <p>The path to becoming a licensed architect is not for the faint of heart. According to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)</a>, in 2019 the average time to earn a license was 12.7 years, with the average age at licensure being 32.</p> <p>Through the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boston Architectural College's IPAL program</a>, our students are able to work towards completing their licensure while simultaneously earning their degree, allowing them to significantly reduce the time it takes to become a licensed architect. Since 2015, there have been 3 graduates from the BAC's IPAL program.</p> <p>Shawn Willett (B. Arch &lsquo;20) and Cameron Simko (M. Arch &lsquo;20) are the two newest BAC graduates to complete their licensure requirements by graduation, joining BAC's first IPAL graduate <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Travis Wiegand</a> from 2019.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Shawn Willett (B. Arch &lsquo;20)</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Cameron Simko (M. Arch &lsquo;20)<br></figcaption></figure><p>"Once I graduated, I wanted a clean transition to being an architectural professional. Now I can focus on my growth in other ways - I can explore architectu...</p> 2020 Virtual Alumni Awards Ceremony deancascieri 2020-09-08T12:14:09-04:00 >2020-10-15T10:46:05-04:00 <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Celebrate with us! Please join us in virtually celebrating the outstanding achievements of our 2020 BAC Alumni Award Winners on October 2, 2020 at 7PM- 8:30PM EST.</p> <p>We will be honoring four outstanding BAC Alums who have made incredible contributions to the world of design and our community.&nbsp;</p> <p>EMERGING DESIGNER</p> <p>Given to a recent graduate who demonstrates great promise and leadership within their field. They must be actively employed in the design field and be making an influential impact in their sphere of design. Candidates must be alumni who have graduated within the last 10 years from any of the disciplines currently taught at the BAC.</p> <p>DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI IN SERVICE</p> <p>Given to a BAC alum who serves their greater community by advocating for social, environmental and/or policy change. Candidates should influence and empower others through design at the local, regional, or global scale. Candidates are alumni from any of the disciplines currently taught at the BAC.</p> <p>DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI ...</p> BAC student Nizar Abou Ezzeh shares his perspective after devasating explosion hits his hometown deancascieri 2020-08-18T13:49:42-04:00 >2021-07-26T13:01:04-04:00 <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure>I am from Lebanon and have lived my whole life there. I came to Boston and started the MLA program at the BAC in August of 2019. I was supposed to visit Lebanon during the summer, but due to all the travel restrictions on leaving and entering the United States because of COVID and a second outbreak in Lebanon, I decided to postpone my visit. <br><br> During the explosion I was here in the U.S. We saw the news online. It is hard to describe the feelings. Streets I use to drive on everyday, landmarks and historic Beirut buildings burned down to the ground. The blast killed at least 180 people, injured more than 5,000, dozens are still missing, and 300,000 families have no homes. <br><br> I tried to connect with every single person I know to check up on them, my parents were in the village at the time of the explosion but their house in Beirut, which is a 20 min drive from the port, got slightly damaged, so imagine what happened in the densely populated areas surrounding the port. <br> Anyone who experien... Ahlan: The App Designed to Help Refugees deancascieri 2020-07-28T12:55:19-04:00 >2020-07-28T12:56:11-04:00 <p>What started as a BAC thesis project has now become Ahlan, an app that has been launched in three languages (English, Spanish, and Arabic) across three major cities in Californa, Texas, and Washington and expanding to Germany and Sweden.<br></p> <p>BAC alumna Rania Qawasma shares, "I created an infographic neighborhood guide book for newly arrived refugees resettling in the Northwest cities called "This is home". It started as part of my capstone project at BAC. The book was in Arabic and English to support Syrian and Iraqi refugees. The book got a lot of recognition and I started getting requests for more languages and more cities to cover."</p> <p>"Creating Ahlan (meaning Welcome in Arabic) was the natural response to provide an efficient, easy, support to refugees in different urban cities in the US and around the world with as many languages as needed. The goal for the next couple of years is to cover as many cities as needed in the US based on the requests of the refugee agencies. The app has be...</p> BAC Alumni Enter Bee Breeders Vale de Moses Meditation Cabins Design Competition deancascieri 2020-07-27T11:58:00-04:00 >2020-08-11T23:49:46-04:00 <p>Congratulations to BAC alumna Britt Ambruson (M.Arch '17) and alumnus Phil Reville (M.Arch '17) for being shortlisted in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Vale De Moses Meditation Cabins competition</a>!&nbsp;<br><br>This competition is the first in a series of competitions based in Portugal and the first in partnership with Vale de Moses. Participants were asked to create designs for a cabin that could be replicated in any number of spots throughout the retreat. </p> <p>The cabin&rsquo;s main purpose is to allow guests to experience treatments and meditation sessions that allow them to reconnect with themselves, and to the surrounding forest, gardens and natural elements. Each cabin should provide sufficient space for one guest and one therapist; providing a world class healing space that connects each guest to the beauty of nature, while at the same time protecting them from its harsher elements.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>r<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><br></p></figure> 5 Ways to Support International Students deancascieri 2020-07-23T12:40:14-04:00 >2021-10-16T09:46:08-04:00 <p>Did you know the number of international students in the United States was at its peak in the 2018-19 academic year with more than one million international students? The total number of international students, 1,095,299, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">makes up 5.5%</a> of the total US student body.</p><p>International students are a vital component of our society and, more important than ever before, they must be protected, appreciated, and welcomed. Here are five ways you can show your support to international students today:</p><p><strong>1. Vote</strong><br>For those who can, we must use our right to vote to support those who can't. Voting impacts major local and federal decisions including how our money is allocated, healthcare, taxes, jobs, safety, and so much more. By showing up to the polls, you're directly impacting the security and treatment of international students in America. If you aren't sure whether you're registered to vote, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here</a> to get started!</p><p><strong>2. Advocate</strong><br>Advocate on behalf of international students everywhere by contacting loca...</p> Taking Action to Protect our International Students deancascieri 2020-07-17T11:30:04-04:00 >2020-08-24T17:46:03-04:00 <p>As most of you are aware, the government recently announced it would rescind the July 6, 2020 ICE SEVP guidance that would prohibit F-1 students enrolled in online-only schools during the Fall semester to maintain visa status. </p><p>We join The Presidents&rsquo; Alliance in its ardent support and exuberance of this decision and would like to thank MIT and Harvard for spearheading this lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security and ICE. </p><p>ICE has removed July 6th guidance as well as July 7th FAQ from the list of guidance documents on their website. Therefore, as per the court settlement, schools and F-1 students are operating under March 13th guidance which allows flexibility for F-1 students to remain in valid status while pursuing a full course of study online from inside or outside the U.S. We will keep the students updated on any new and relevant updates to the policy FAQs. This reversal is a tremendous victory for international students everywhere! And, it reinforces the notion that ...</p> Turning Architects into Entrepreneurs deancascieri 2020-06-12T09:43:49-04:00 >2020-10-08T21:01:04-04:00 <p>The unique education model at the BAC offers students real life experience not just after they graduate but while they're still in the classroom. One course in particular that equips students for their lifelong careers is Practice Management, a NAAB required course designed to help students become successful as principals in the future. The course aims to give students an idea about how complex running an architectural business can be. Students learn that they must obtain business knowledge and entrepreneurial skills in addition to the technical competency they must have.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Isra Banks, BAC faculty member</a>, shares, "I usually take this course as an opportunity to empower students as employees and as future leaders. However, over the years, I found that some students' career progress is hampered by the fear of the profession's future. I usually hear things like, we're not paid enough as designers or we're never going to make enough money as architects. I see surprised faces when I ask, "A...</p> Dr. Mahesh Daas, President of The Boston Architectural College, Announces Plans for Fall 2020 deancascieri 2020-06-05T12:44:15-04:00 >2020-10-15T10:46:05-04:00 <p>President Mahesh Daas shares an important update regarding BAC's decision for the fall semester and new initiatives going forward. We encourage you to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">watch his video message here</a>.</p> Digital Graduation Exhibit deancascieri 2020-05-28T12:16:12-04:00 >2020-06-23T20:46:04-04:00 <p>In our 130th year, the Boston Architectural College commends a new generation of socially conscious designers with this exhibit! We present the work of the BAC 2020 degree recipients from undergraduate and graduate programs in Architecture, Design Studies, Interior Architecture, and Landscape Architecture.<br></p><p>The BAC has been recognized with distinction for its leadership role in educating an extraordinarily diverse student body to help bring about social equity through the design of landscapes, of architecture, of interior architecture, of sustainable and historic spaces, of real estate, and of spaces for human health. We continue to be at the forefront of learning from practice and academic study with guidance from our brilliant practitioners, faculty members, and many supporters.<br><br>The dynamic between ideas and practice in the community is the basis for the meaningful, critical design thinking exemplified in this curated exhibition. The work of these designers directly affects how we wi...</p> Design for Human Health During COVID-19 deancascieri 2020-04-27T16:14:58-04:00 >2021-02-18T15:01:05-05:00 <p>The Masters of Design Studies in Design for Human Health (DHH) program at the Boston Architectural College is uniquely poised to leverage design&rsquo;s powers to transform the built environment and public health, especially now, at this time of increasing awareness of this connection.&nbsp; <br>&ldquo;DHH was established in 2014 to create design leaders who view society's problems through the trifecta lenses of physical/biological; sociological and psychological/emotional knowledge. Students arrive from an array of backgrounds with a shared vision of informing design with a deep understanding of the multifaceted combinations prevalent in modern life. A complex combination of factors influence our environments, many times in ways that are unseen by the untrained person. DHH prides its ability to garner evidence-based design in meaningful and practice-based ways,&rdquo; shared Davis Harte, Thesis Faculty and Program Advisor Design for Human Health. <br>A recent DHH student, Alexander Gordon, created a design solut...</p> BSA Calls for AEC Industry to Assist During COVID-19 deancascieri 2020-03-27T16:59:29-04:00 >2020-03-27T16:59:29-04:00 <p>Our friends at the Boston Society for Architecture (BSA) are calling on all AEC industry workers to collaborate and assist with identifying, evaluating, documenting, and retrofitting buildings and other facilities to accommodate the anticipated surge in acute inpatient care due to COVID-19. We extend their call and invite you to join these efforts by signing up as a collaborator here:&nbsp;<br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> Albania to Boston: Journey of an Architect deancascieri 2020-03-18T16:03:56-04:00 >2020-03-23T06:08:55-04:00 <p>After winning the green card lottery, Erion Nikolla (B.Arch '17) migrated from Albania to Boston with nothing but one thing: a clear passion for pursuing architecture. Now, after graduating from the BAC, he is an architect at Wilson Butler Architects and plans to become a project leader.<br></p><p><strong>What brought you to the BAC? How did you first hear about it?&nbsp;</strong></p><p>My circumstances aren't very common. I'm originally from Albania and came to the States when I was 19 after my family and I won the green card lottery. I didn't know much English but I knew I wanted to do architecture. After attending UMass Boston for a year, I transferred to the BAC and began my academic career there. I graduated with my Bachelor of Architecture in 2017.</p><p><strong>What is your current role at Wilson Butler Architects? How has the BAC prepared you for where you're at now?</strong></p><p>I'm an architect at Wilson Butler Architects. For more than 22 years Wilson Butler Architects have been designing performing arts centers and state-of-the-art entert...</p> Designing for Change #NETHERLANDSplanBAC deancascieri 2019-10-23T12:50:20-04:00 >2021-11-06T22:16:07-04:00 <p>In order to design for a climate ready future, we must learn lessons from our past. Climate change calls for a new way of thinking, a new way of approaching problems, and a constructive effort to building a collective consciousness around the issues our planet is facing and will continue to face.</p> <p>Today, the earth has 2 billion people with too much water and another 2 billion people without enough water to survive. Not only that, but there is a growing gap of social inequality and a shrinking ecological surface that is consistently sacrificing human development. These issues are monumental disasters on a societal, economic, and ecological scale and that is exactly why we must expand our design thinking as architects now. In reality, "we are all passengers of this ship called planet earth". <em>Buckminster Fuller</em></p> <p>The BAC's <em>Resiliency Designing for Change</em> (ARCH 3 STUDIO) empowers our young designers and students to take the lead, be bold, and put their future into their hands. This is a ch...</p>